The much-anticipated arrival of Franchy Cordero is upon us.
The outfielder, who came over to the Red Sox from Kansas City in exchange for Andrew Benintendi, has been delayed in joining his new team due to a COVID-19 issue. But Saturday morning there was Cordero, milling about with the Red Sox as they went through drills and batting practice on the back fields at JetBlue Park.
"He’s a little bit behind physically, but with the kind of athlete he is and his physicality, actually he’s not having an off day Monday," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora Sunday morning. "He’s coming here to work out with him. He feels like he should be able to catch up fairly quick. We have to communicate with the player and make sure he understands he doesn’t have to rush. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. We still have plenty of time in terms of at-bats. As you guys know, it’s not only what we do on the big field but we have a lot of at-bats on the back field. So I’m confident that he should be catching up soon and be ready for big league games. It’s not going to take that long."
The 26-year-old spent his time Sunday as an observer, talking with former San Diego teammate Michael Gettys, while also interacting with Sox prospect Gilberto Jimenez behind the cage during BP.
Cordero is slated to get a legitimate shot at the starting job in left field, having played in 95 big leagues games with San Diego and Kansas City.
The lefty hitter has had a history of solid spring training performances, finishing his 2018 exhibition season with the Padres hitting .343 with a 1.179 OPS and two home runs in 42 plate appearances.